Apple Watch recenziu: Krásna hardware kazí zložitého softvéru

Apple Watch review: beautiful hardware spoiled by complicated software
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  • že Apple Watch je veľmi drahé smartphone príslušenstvo. Je krásne remeselne, je príjemné na nosenie, a zavádza niektoré naozaj skvelé nové spôsoby využitia zariadenia - vidím Force Touch and Apple "Taptič Engine" rozvíja do niečoho veľmi užitočnú.

 

Beží na guardian.co.ukTento článok s názvom “Apple Watch recenziu: Krásna hardware kazí zložitého softvéru” napísal Samuel Gibbs, pre The Guardian v utorok 28. apríla 2015 05.00 UTC

Apple je prvý pokus o SmartWatch sľubne s oznámeniami, hlasové hovory a módne citlivé na tlak kohúty, ale je veľmi drahý prvej generácie týchto výrobkov s chybami, vtipy a zmätky.

Apple je neskoro na SmartWatch hre. Prvé smartwatches sa začali spoločnosťou Microsoft 2004, ale boli mŕtvi počas štyroch rokov. V 2013 Štrková obnovila SmartWatch kategórii po veľmi úspešnom crowdfunding kampane a pokračoval predávať viac než 1 meter hodinky do konca roka 2014.

Samsung mal nie jeden, ale šesť bodne u SmartWatch medzi 2013-2014, a Google sa konečne dostal do SmartWatch hru s Android Wear v júni 2014.

A s príchodom Apple Watch, tam bola väčšia informovanosť spotrebiteľov mimo mágov a skorých adoptívnych rodičov, s mnohými pýtania: musím naozaj SmartWatch?

Menšie, než by ste čakali

Apple je prvý SmartWatch je dodávaný v troch variantoch a buď 38mm prípadu, čo je zhruba veľkosť štíhle Casio hodinky a len dvojnásobok hrúbky, a väčšie puzdro 42mm. Ani veľkosti sú tak veľké, ako väčšina ostatných smartwatches a sú malé v porovnaní s hodinkami veľkých pánske. Verzia 42 mm má väčšiu batérie.

Minimálna cena vstupu je £ 300 pre hliník Apple Watch Šport, nerezovej ocele Apple Watch začína na 479 £, a zlato "Edition" sa tiahne až 13.500 £. Všetky tri majú rovnaké vnútornosti.

Nemôžem hovoriť za Edition, ale zvyšok rady hodiniek Apple sú bezpochyby, najlepšie z smartwatches v súčasnej dobe k dispozícii.

Fit a cieľ je skvelé, hodinky sa cíti tenšie než väčšina jeho konkurentov, a dokonca aj gumový pásik je krajšie s kvalitným krajidlem k nemu. Ale vzhľadom k tomu, že aj najlacnejšie a najmenšie z nich je najmenej dvojnásobná cena aj predchádzajúce najdrahšie Pebble alebo Android Wear SmartWatch, by ste dúfať, že to taky.

Na obrazovke OLED je pomerne ostrá, ale viditeľne nie tak ostrý ako iPhone. Je to tiež nie je úplne jasný dosť čítať bez šilhající na priamom slnečnom svetle.

Apple Watch recenziu
42mm Apple Watch Šport na rôzne veľkosti ženských a mužských zápästí. Fotografie: Samuel Gibbs pre Guardian

kohútik, kohútik, skrúteniu

Apple zaviedol – alebo znovu v závislosti na tom, ako sa na to pozeráte – dva spôsoby interakcie s prístrojom. Prvým z nich je "Force Dotykom", čo je tvrdá stlačte tlačidlo na obrazovke a funguje ako tlačidlá menu kliknite pravým tlačidlom myši alebo volieb, a druhý jog-dial na strane s názvom "digitálny koruna", ktorá posúva v zoznamoch či texte, alebo môžu priblížiť alebo vzdialiť v mape, napríklad.

Obe práce, ako je popísané, a sú účinné, keď trochu mätúce – viac o tom neskôr.

Apple Watch má tiež nový typ hmatovú spätnú väzbu, ktorá Kohútiky na zápästie, nie len vibračné. Funguje to veľmi dobre a je oveľa viac rušivé ako vibračného zápästia, ktoré môžu byť ľahko minul. Dúfam, že to stane normou pre budúce nositeľná zariadení.

Čo to robí?

Primárnou funkciou je SmartWatch je kladený oznámenia zo smartfónu na zápästí; Apple Watch nie je výnimkou. každý e-mail, text, tweet alebo Facebook správa môže byť tlačil na zápästie, čo znamená, že telefón môže zostať vo vrecku.

Užitočnosť tejto služby závisí na tom, koľko oznámenia chcete dostávať a ako prísne ste na ich kontrole. Ak nie ste obťažovaní viac ping a vibrácie telefónu – budete sa k nim dostať, keď sa dostanete k nim – potom SmartWatch nie je pre vás. ak, však, že ste kompulzívna checker telefón, potom SmartWatch by mohol byť užitočný.

Apple Watch recenziu
Čítať e-maily na hodinkách. Fotografie: Samuel Gibbs pre Guardian

Ako väčšina smartwatches, zoznam aplikácií, ktoré môže poslať oznámenia na Apple Watch možno prispôsobiť prostredníctvom aplikácie sprievodnom, čo bude dôležité, pretože väčšina nebude chcieť každý oznámenia rušiť. V skutočnosti, Apple Watch môže byť filter pre oznámenia preťaženia ako každý iný SmartWatch.

Oznámenie prepísať čokoľvek, keď prídu do. E-mail, aj keď nechcete starať o tom, preruší robíte čokoľvek na hodinky. V prípade, že oznámenie nemá tlačidlo prepustiť na konci – niektorí, niektorí nie – švihnúť doľava odhaľuje, alebo môžete prejsť prstom zdola skryť oznámenia.

Kliknutie na jednom oznámenia vás zavedie do plného app. U e-mailu, to znamená, že celý e-mail, alebo aspoň text tom. e-maily vo formáte HTML potreboval neplatí. Prejdením odhora dole odmietne ju, ale ak sa chcete dostať k možnosti, ako je ochranná známka ako prečítané, vlajky alebo odstrániť budete musieť posunúť až na dno, čo môže byť veľa zákrut koruny.

Apple Watch recenziu
Na 10,5 mm hrubé Apple Watch je rovnakej hrúbke ako Pebble oceľ a 1 mm tenší ako Motorola Moto 360. Fotografie: Samuel Gibbs pre Guardian

App-tastic

Beyond oznámenia máte aplikácie, ako postavená v roku a treťou stranou. Aplikácia Apple zahŕňajú poštu, správy, hudba, kalendár, počasie, fotografie, mapy a Passbook. Pracujú tak trochu ako oslávenej widgetov, nie celkom plný dohoda, ktorá by bola na iPhone.

Aplikácia Apple Maps Za zmienku stojí svojimi vynikajúcimi turn-by-turn trasy pre peších, ktorá preniká zápästia, keď je potreba otočiť roh, as is Remote app that allows you to control other Apple devices such as the Apple TV.

A solid selection of third-party apps sú už k dispozícii, which is one of the Apple Watch’s biggest strengths – developers seem to actually care about it, where other competing smartwatches have struggled to attract big-name apps and developers.

Twitter’s app, napríklad, allows users to browse their full feed, or simply see what’s trending. Notifications also take you to the Twitter app, allowing you to reply, favourite or retweet straight from the watch. By comparison Twitter doesn’t have an Android Wear app at all.

Twitter app and three taps to get back to the watch face

Most third-party apps are simplistic, and some developers have expressed their dismay over how little they can actually do on the watch. That is likely to change over time.

They are also infuriatingly slow to launch and pull data from the iPhone compared to Apple’s apps, powered not by the watch but by the iPhone. The system is designed to offload tasks to the more powerful phone with a larger battery, but it damages the user experience. I started with as many apps as possible on the watch, but deleted most of them as they weren’t worth the time or effort.

Heart rate and activity tracking

Apple made a big deal about the Apple Watch as a fitness and health device. It comes with two fitness apps – a workout tracker and an activity tracker.

The workout app uses the heart rate sensor and the accelerometer to track walks, runs, cycling, rowing, stair stepping and elliptical workouts. It works without the phone, but needs it when outside for the GPS to track route of runs. For most activities you can set a calorie, time or distance goal.

Apple Watch recenziu
Activity goals gamify fitness so that users are encouraged to get out of their chairs and move around, similar to many fitness trackers. Fotografie: Samuel Gibbs pre Guardian

The activity tracker runs all the time in the background counting steps, the number of times you stand up and the amount of “exercise” you do, which is anything from a brisk walk and up.

The app nags you with taps on the wrist when you’ve been sat down and idle for an hour, although it can’t differentiate between being sat at a desk or being in a car. Irritating.

Overall the Apple Watch works as well as a good £40 fitness tracker such as the Misfit Flash, with added heart rate tracking but not much beyond, connecting to a Activity app that pops up on the iPhone when an Apple Watch is paired.

The heart rate monitor seemed to significantly underestimate my readings compared to a dedicated heart monitor, saying that I had a rate of 50 beats per minute or below when just sat on the sofa, where others rank it more in the 60 na 65 bpm range. Anyone serious about using their heart rate for training or monitoring health will need to look elsewhere.

Telling the time

The Apple Watch wants to replace not only fitness devices but watches too. Many people no longer wear one, and those who do are often obsessed by knowing the time, as am I.

As a watch, Apple Watch isn’t great. The screen is only on when you press a button or do the wrist lift gesture. It’s not possible to simply glance at the time.

Apple Watch recenziu
The 38mm stainless steel Apple Watch on various sizes of male and female wrists. Fotografie: Samuel Gibbs pre Guardian

The gesture works ok. Most of the time it lights the screen, but forget it in bed or at odd angles, and there are more times than I’d like where it fails to light requiring a second hand to press a button. That normally happens when I’m rushing for a bus or a train, precisely when knowing the time down to half a minute is crucial.

I also found the screen would turn off while I was trying to use the watch just because I had shifted my position. It came back on when I moved again, but it kept happening enough to be irritating.

Of course smartphones weren’t great phones, but what they lacked in phone features they made up for with now essential functionality.

Apple’s watch faces are highly customisable. Each one of the 10 can have the amount of detail adjusted such as minute and hour markers, as well as “complications” added or removed such as the date, another time zone, battery life and other useful bits.

Most will find a watch face they like, some will find the designs restrictive especially if they’ve come from a high-end watch.

Dick Tracy eat your heart out

Making phone calls right on your wrist.

Making calls on your wrist feels space age, but isn’t practical. In a quiet space it works fine, but everyone can hear your conversation, outside I struggled to hear my caller.

Like the iPhone, but not

The Apple Watch runs a version of Apple’s iOS, which currently runs on the iPhone and iPad among other devices, but it doesn’t look like the iPhone. The icons are the same, but the home screen is a honeycomb-like mesh of small icons accessed by pressing the digital crown, which acts as a home button.

Tapping on the icons is hard when moving about – you need a fairly steady finger to avoid hitting the wrong one. Jumping into and out of an app is smooth, with detailed animations. A double click of the crown swaps between the last used apps, but to get back to the watch face you need to slowly press the crown three times or cover the watch with a palm and then reactivate the screen.

The Digital Crown can zoom right into and back out of apps with an impressively smooth transition into the watch face.

Inconsistencies

The Apple Watch has a steep learning curve that really needs a quick guide on the Watch’s first boot. You have two buttons, a jog-dial, a light tap, a heavy tap, a two-finger tap, as many swipes as there are sides of the screen, and a palm over the screen to silence it.

I found myself not knowing whether to force touch, kohútik, swipe or hit one of buttons. Invariably I’d actually hit a dead end and that’s as much as the app could do, but it wasn’t obvious. A number of times I forced touched only to see a bouncing “this doesn’t work here” animation, which puts you off experimenting further.

The music app allows you to sync a playlist of music up to 2GB in size from an iPhone and play it through Bluetooth headphones without an iPhone. But to play music through the watch not the iPhone you have to force touch the screen and change the source to the watch, which was certainly not obvious.

I also had trouble connecting Bluetooth headphones. It took two goes to pair a set of Plantronic Backbeat Go 2s, only for them not to work when I tried to go for a run. Subsequent pairing attempts failed, despite them pairing just fine with an iPhone and other smartphones.

The user interface isn’t consistent either. Some notifications come with visible dismiss buttons, while others are hidden behind menus. Tapping on notifications normally takes you to the app, if there is one installed, but when multiple emails come in at the same time the notification is not tappable and you have to go to the mail app manually.

Glances are not glanceable as the name might suggest, instead just widgets hidden under a swipe up on the watch face. Some are useful, like the quick settings and music controls, most can be safely ignored or removed. Tapping on them usually loads the associated app, which often does little more than that offered by the glance.

Watch to watch

Most of the messaging features can be sent to anyone with an iPhone or most just via text message. But some of them, such as sending your heart beat, remotely tapping on someone’s wrist or drawing on the screen with a finger, only work between two Apple Watches and only if both parties have iMessages active.

They’re gimmicks and unlikely to be useful to anyone but gadget-obsessed couples. Sending your heart beat to a friend, even your mum, feels a bit of an odd thing to do.

Siri

Hold the crown button down on the watch face to activate Siri, or simply shout, ‘Hey Siri’.

Apple’s digital assistant Siri is baked into the Apple Watch not only for searching and performing actions such as setting timers and alarms, but for dictation. There is no keyboard, so replies to texts and emails either rely on Apple’s canned answers such as “Talk to you later” or dictation into the watch. For the most part Siri makes a fair stab at understanding my speech – it struggles with “umbrella” for instance – but you can choose to send the audio recording instead of text if it’s made a hash of your message.

A day and no more

The Apple Watch needs charging every night without fail. But whether it makes it to the end of the day or not depends on what you’re doing. During the weekend, without being bombarded by notifications from work emails, I went to bed with a 25% charge left.

Apple Watch recenziu
The magnetic charger attaches to the back and fully charges the Apple Watch in about two hours. Fotografie: Samuel Gibbs pre Guardian

The working day was much harder on battery life, with frequent notifications, a couple of Siri queries and one phone call it hit 25% by 3pm and was into the time-only power reserve mode by the time I got home from work.

I also found that that firing up the heart rate monitor for tracking runs or walks reduced the battery life dramatically to the tune of about 1% every two minutes.

App usage didn’t impact the battery life all that much. Using the Twitter app didn’t cause a sudden drain, and of all the battery usage data shared with me by other users, everyone’s watches, whether 38mm or 42mm, faired similarly.

The constant connection to the Apple Watch impacts the battery life of the iPhone, but also reduces the need for the screen to flash on and alerts to ring out. For an iPhone 6 alebo 6 Plus there was little noticeable difference in battery life. The case may be different for the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5, which both have smaller batteries and less power efficient processors.

Cena

  • Apple Watch Sport, with rubberised sports strap, aluminium case and “Ion-X” screen, costs £300 for 38mm and £339 for 42mm
  • Apple Watch, in stainless steel with sapphire screen costs £479 for the 38mm and £519 for 42mm
  • Apple Watch Edition with gold case starts at £8,000 and stretches up to £13,500

The various straps are available separately or with watches. The sport band is £39 in a variety of colours, the stainless steel milanese loop is £129 and the link bracelet costs £379 – more than the Apple Watch Sport.

pre porovnanie, the Pebble Steel costs under £150 and the new Pebble Time Steel will cost approximately £170 in July. Google’s Android Wear watches do not work with the iPhone, but most cost £160 or less.

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A new UK plug ships with the Apple Watch, which has folding pins for travel and storage. Fotografie: Samuel Gibbs pre Guardian

Verdikt

The Apple Watch is a very expensive smartphone accessory. Je krásne remeselne, je príjemné na nosenie, a zavádza niektoré naozaj skvelé nové spôsoby využitia zariadenia - vidím Force Touch and Apple "Taptič Engine" rozvíja do niečoho veľmi užitočnú.

It is also seamlessly integrated into the iPhone experience and boasts solid third-party developer support already, and it’s only just gone on sale.

But Apple has tried to do too much with its first attempt. The watch isn’t great as a watch because the screen isn’t always on. It demands a steep learning curve, often being counter intuitive and frustrating at times. The battery life is also not good enough – to be compelling as a smartwatch it needs to last two days at a minimum. Others have proved it is possible. It’s also not waterproof, despite using inductive charging.

At £100 or even £150, all these niggles would be forgivable. At a minimum of £300, Apple is asking a lot.

For those looking to buy a smartwatch for their iPhone I would recommend looking at the Pebble smartwatches. The Apple Watch is for those looking for a fashion accessory that just happens to be a smartwatch. Everyone else should wait until the second generation.

Pros: beautiful fit and finish, komfortné, magnetic charging cable, Taptic engine, Force touch, folding UK plug

Nevýhody: one-day only battery, apps slow to load, relies entirely on the iPhone, inconsistent user experience, steep learning curve

Apple Watch recenziu
The back hides the heart rate sensor. Fotografie: Samuel Gibbs pre Guardian

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